Those targets sounded ambitious and, perhaps a better term, unrealistic at the time, because in 2015, Tesla was making only slightly over 25,000 cars a year (a majority were the Model S, Tesla's first model).
If Tesla plays its cards right, the $35,000 standard trim Model 3 could very well become a fossil-fuel vehicle killer. If their Model 3 breaks down, so will their commute. At its price point, the base Model 3 becomes comparable in price to some of the United States' best-selling passenger cars like the Toyota Camry, whose top-of-the-line XSE V6 trim is priced at $34,950.
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It takes more than a toke on a joint by a CEO to bring down a company these days - and Tesla is no different. Founder and CEO Elon Musk's public behavior has been increasingly erratic - leading to calls for him to step aside - and the company has consistently missed production milestones for its Model 3, the auto that was supposed to turn Tesla into a high-production, mass-market automobile manufacturer. Among these projects was the $35,000 standard trim Model 3.
The Obsidian Black Metallic and Silver Metallic options are being cut.
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Tesla is under heavy pressure to build as many cars as it can as efficiently as possible, and taking two paint options out of the equation certainly seems like a reasonable move.
Musk unveiling the production Model 3.
Tesla is dropping two of the seven colours it had offered to customers as it tries to streamline production. During the three months that ended in June, Tesla produced 53,339 vehicles and delivered 40,740.
"They can expect, I think, a substantial amount of people pulling their reservations", Acevedo said.
Tesla now offers seven colors for its vehicles that include top variant Model S, mid level Model X and its most affordable sedan Model 3.